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Combat Casualty Care and Operational Medicine:

Expeditionary and Trauma Medicine Department:

 Expeditionary and Trauma Medicine Department conducts RDT&E focused on the protection, resuscitation, and stabilization of combat casualties at frontline points of care in the combat theater. The Trauma Medicine Group focuses on primary and pre-clinical RDT&E for the development and optimization of drug products and advanced therapies for the treatment of hemorrhagic shock. The Expeditionary Medicine Group works to identify and effectively mitigate stressors and improve survivability through the evaluation of products and agents that deliver capabilities to meet rapidly evolving expeditionary warfare requirements.

Cellular and Immune Based Adjucts for Casualty Care Department:

Cellular and Immune Based Adjuncts for Casualty Care Department conducts RDT&E on stem cell and immune based therapeutics intended to improve warfighter outcomes and survival. The division of stem cell therapeutics focuses on the comparison and assessment of stem cells from different tissue sources, the assessment of protein secretomes or exosomes for preventing and reducing injury from trauma/hemorrhagic shock, and the  targeted treatment of severe tissue defects in order to promote tissue repair.  The division of immune based therapeutics focuses on immunomodulation to prevent and reduce tissue and organ damage resulting from trauma and hemorrhagic shock. 

Biomedical Systems Engineering and Evaluation Department

Biomedical Systems Engineering and Evaluation Department applies engineering principles and design concepts to develop and evaluate medical devices, treatments, and diagnostic tools used in military medicine. Core capabilities include advanced trauma mannequin systems and expertise  designing human subjects research studies to evaluate design, safety, efficacy, and human factors aspects of medical devices deployed in prehospital medicine. The department also provides broad engineering expertise for a diverse portfolio of projects within the laboratory, including design and  prototype development, computational modeling, custom machining/fabrication, and software development/automation.  Recent development efforts include a
field-portable sterilization system, an automated electrospinning system used to generate nanofiber scaffolds for wound care, and an imaging system for assessing dental pulp vitality.

Directed Energy Department

The Directed Energy Program, located at the Tri-Service Research Laboratory, develops diagnostic tools to aid first responders/physicians in identification of distinct injury patterns caused by directed energy sources. These data are also used to establish guidelines to ensure the appropriate care and treatment for directed energy injuries is implemented. 




Craniofacial Health and Restorative Medicine:

Biomaterials and Epidemiology Department:

The Biomaterials and Epidemiology Department conducts research, development, testing, and evaluation of biomaterials used in medicine and dentistry and studies the distribution of oral, dental, and craniofacial diseases and injuries occurring in Sailors and Marines. Research is directed toward analyzing trends and identifying risk factors leading to the improvement of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of craniofacial and oral injuries and diseases that affect the health and readiness of Sailors and Marines while deployed, ashore, or in garrison.

Maxillofacial Injury and Disease Department:

The Maxillofacial Injury and Disease Department conducts research on the pathophysiology, microbiology, immunology, and etiology of medical and dental diseases leading to the development of novel technologies to increase the armamentarium available to clinicians for the treatment of resistant infections. Current focus areas of research include the development and use of laser-acoustic, nanoparticle, phage, and biomimetic technologies. 

Environmental Surveillance Department:

 As the lead agent for mercury abatement in Navy Dental Treatment Facilities, the Environmental Surveillance Department is responsible for the development and testing of systems and technologies that minimize the environmental impact and occupational hazards of Navy Dentistry. Focus areas include clinical service life evaluation of existing amalgam separator technology, development of a sensor system to monitor amalgam separator function, and modular amalgam separator prototypes based on proven, existing technology which can increase efficiency and reduce disposal costs. 


Veterinary Science and Vivarium:

The Veterinary Science Directorate and Vivarium are located in the Tri-Services Research Laboratory (TSRL) with a 15 member team that provides a variety of services to support diverse research requirements. Laboratory veterinarian support is available to all investigators and it is all available under one roof. The TSRL facility includes 40 research laboratories, three state-of-the-art surgical suites, and seven procedure rooms. The veterinary science team works with researchers on protocols that include small to large laboratory models and provides basic veterinary medicine to critical care procedures.